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CONRAD tells 9/11

Posted to Poetry and Politics

I think these are, as usual from Conrad, wise words that kind of encapsulate a lot of peoples position, if they're honest, towards the much illuminated anniversary of 9/11:

"Everybody shows a respectful deference to certain sounds that he and his fellows can make. But about feelings people really know nothing. We talk with indignation or enthusiasm; we talk about oppression, cruelty, crime, devotion, self-sacrifice, virtue, and we know nothing real beyond the words. Nobody knows what suffering or sacrifice mean-except, perhaps the victims of the mysterious purpose of these illusions"
- Joseph Conrad